DVD-Audio is Finally Here
Several retailers are reporting a trickle of players, with west-coast consumer electronics retailing chain Good Guys announcing last week that Panasonic and Technics DVD-Audio products began selling at all of their locations beginning July 1.
Initially, retailers will sell the Panasonic DVD-A7 and the Technics DVD-A10 DVD-Audio players for $999.95 and $1199.95, respectively. While both players are able to play a wide variety of high-resolution audio formats (up to six channels of up to 24-bit/192kHz audio), the players can also play DVD-Video discs and CDs.
The Good Guys' Cathy A. Stauffer, obviously betting on the video capabilities of the DVD-A players to entice consumers, comments that "DVD-Audio is a clear advancement in home-theater entertainment. The addition of DVD-Audio to our expanding selection of mid- to high-end consumer entertainment electronics will expose our customers to the full range of digital products and provide them with the opportunity to create the ultimate home-theater system using next-generation audio and video technology."
Commenting on the DVD-A rollout, Panasonic's Gene Kelsey adds that "DVD-Audio offers the closest thing to truly pure sound, and, with the support of premier specialty retailers, will set a new global standard for music."